After six beta releases and lots of bug fixes later, Android 10 (erstwhile Android Q) is finally rolling out, with lots of Best Features yet to be seen, to the Pixel Devices, One Plus Devices, and Essential Phone One. Google is bringing a lot of firsts to Android 10 starting with the naming of the OS updates. Google is officially done with the dessert names for their OS updates and they’re christening this update as Android 10. Let’s look at the most important features we are going to see in this new update.
Wait! But first, we need to see which Indian Devices are going to receive this update officially.
Indian Mobile Devices That Will Support Android 10 :
- Asus: Asus ZenFone 6, Asus ZenFone 5Z, Asus ROG Phone 2,
- Google: Google Pixel 3a XL, Google Pixel 3a, Google Pixel 3 XL, Google Pixel 3, Google Pixel 2, Google Pixel 2 XL, Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL,
- Honor: Honor 10, Honor 8X, Honor 20 Pro, Honor 20, Honor V20, Honor Magic 2, Honor Play, Huawei: Huawei P30 Pro, Huawei P30, Huawei Mate 20 Pro, Huawei Mate 20, Huawei Mate 20 X, Huawei Mate 20 X 5G, Porsche Design Huawei Mate 20 RS, Huawei P20 Pro, Huawei P20, Huawei Mate 10 Pro,
- LG: LG G8 ThinQ, LG V50 ThinQ, LG G7 One,
- Motorola: Moto Z3, Moto Z3 Play, Moto One Vision, Moto One Action, Moto One, Moto One Power, Moto G7 Plus, Moto G7, Moto G7 Power, Moto G7 Play,
- Nokia: Nokia 9 PureView, Nokia 8.1, Nokia 7.1, Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 6.1 Plus, Nokia 6.1, Nokia 4.2, Nokia 3.2, Nokia 3.1 Plus, Nokia 2.2, Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 5.1 Plus, Nokia 1 Plus, Nokia 5.1, Nokia 3.1, Nokia 2.1, Nokia 1,
- OnePlus: OnePlus 7 Pro, OnePlus 7, OnePlus 6T, OnePlus 6, OnePlus 5T, OnePlus 5,
- Oppo: Oppo Reno, Oppo Reno 2,
- Samsung: Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus, Samsung Galaxy Note 10, Samsung Galaxy Fold, Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S10, Samsung Galaxy S10e, Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S9,
- Vivo: Vivo X27, Vivo Nex S, Vivo Nex A,
- Xiaomi: Xiaomi Mi 9, Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G, Redmi K20 Pro.
Apart from all of these, all the phones under Android One program would get Android 10 update given that they’re under the promised two-year timeline.
Now, let’s get back to looking at which Best Features Android 10 is offering now:
11 Best Features Of Android 10 :
1. Gestures :
For the last couple of generations of Android, users have generally navigated inside the phone by using the Back, Home, and the Recent/task-switching button. But Google has changed that old formula and brought a gesture system that is quite similar to the one used by the latest iPhones.
And if you’re freaked by all of that change, don’t worry: the use of these gestures are pretty much optional and Google is keeping it that way. In all probability, after your phone reboots, you’ll get to see the old symbols present there.
We at Mensopedia have given the gesture a try and we think you’ll love it too. If you want to try it on, here’s how you do it:
To turn this feature on –
* Go to the Settings – Then Open System – Then open Gestures – And then select the 3-button navigation.
Now, instead of the known three icons, you’d be able to see a black strip with a white dash in the center or vice versa, depending on the background color of the page. You can always go back to the old format of navigation should you feel difficulty with this new way.
2. Dark Mode :
The Dark mode is so popular in almost every android and iOS devices, that Google thought to put it everywhere in this update. Yes, it’s a Universal Dark Theme to help you keep your battery last long as well as put less strain on your eyes.
To turn this feature on –
* Go to Settings – Then to Display
* Toggle on the “Dark Theme” and you’ll promptly get a pop-up that’ll tell you which are the apps that will be supported.
Also, you can access the dark mode by swiping the quick settings menu down and toggle on the dark mode.
These are the places which are ready for the Dark Mode:
- Notification shade
- Google search widget
- Google Pay
- Keep Notes
- Play Games
These are the places that are not ready for the Dark mode:
- Play Books
- Play Store
- Wear OS
3. Focus Mode :
For people who get really distracted while working, you can use the Focus Mode and minimize distractions by pausing the desired app that is causing the distractions.
To be able to use the Focus Mode,
- Sign up for the beta for the DIgital Wellbeing App (A simple google search will bring you to this).
- It’d take less than a minute for the app updated to the beta version.
- Now, go to the Settings and open ‘Digital Well Being & Parental Controls’.
- Scroll down to ‘ways to disconnect’
- Use the Dashboard to set timers for any specific app that is causing you a distraction.
- You can also use the ‘Wind Down’ button tot literally ‘Wind Down’ by turning the screen to monochrome to avoid strain on your eyes and also turn on ‘Do Not Disturb’ so that the notifications stop distracting you.
* You can also access Focus Mode on the Quick Settings Menu.
4. Location Permissions :
These days, a lot of Apps ask for the permissions for your device’s location and keep it on even if you have closed the app. But with Android 10, you can now let the app track your location only when you’re using it, not all the time your phone is open.
To be able to use the permission manager,
- Go to the settings,
- Go to the Apps & notifications section and then to the permission manager and then to location.
- You’ll get a list of all the apps that track your location and you can select apps individually to allow or deny the location to those apps individually.
5. Privacy :
Google is debuting a new category in Settings named Privacy. It’s aptly named as it provides you several Privacy features that were not there before. You can control your notifications for your notifications, you can control your autofill manager for digital forms.
6. Sharing :
For previous generations of Android, the Share segment was a design disaster. And now with this release, Google has redesigned the whole thing. It launches much faster, also it’s quicker to find a sharing destination. Previously the sharing function used to cache data to predict the action that the sharing function was supposed to do but now it’s different, the sharing function is divided into logical sections with frequent massage recipients, followed by four suggested apps, and finally there is an alphabetical list of all apps.
7. Wi-Fi Password Sharing :
Taking a cue from the MI phones, Google will now help you share your WiFi password securely.
You can head towards the WiFi Settings and then tap on the network you’re currently connected to and you’ll see a ‘share’ button. After tapping it, a QR code will appear and you can share the code to your guests.
8. Live Caption :
Similar to YouTube, you can now get captions for any videos in your gallery whether you have shot it yourself or downloaded it. These are also available for podcasts and audio messages.
9. Smart Reply :
10. Sound Amplifier :
With the Sound Amplifier, your phone can boost the sound to drown out the background noise. Also, you can fine-tune other sounds the way the user wants to.
11. Security Updates :
Now you get to update your phone via the Google Play System Updates. The Security and Privacy fixes will be sent to your phone from Google Play which is why it’ll become much faster. But the third party handsets, eg: Huawei, Samsung, LG, etc these phone makers have to change their attitude towards providing faster and timelier security updates.
Pros And Cons Of Android 10 :
Finally, what we think of the update in terms of Pros and Cons –
Pros Of Android 10 :
- The Dark Theme,
- Notifications are easier to manage,
- Easier to control permissions for more granular privacy control.
Cons Of Android 10 :
- You can’t slide open app drawers with the Gestures,
- Digital Wellbeing Features get overlapped in different functions,
- Android updates take too long to arrive on most phones.
While concluding, I think with Android 10, Google brings features that are geared up towards experiments rather than focusing on experiences. Android 10, with all its glory, still feels like it’s stuck in Beta. The Digital Wellbeing Features are the ones mainly that shows Google is yet to deliver the best of the Android.
Though the landscape looks the same, we believe Google is on the right track and with a little course correction, I think it’ll achieve what it set out to do previously, which is a simpler way to do a lot of things.
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